Animal Crossing: New Horizons: How To Choose Your Villagers

If you’ve been playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons for some time now you’re probably set up with at least a few villagers (or should that be islanders?) and have a fairly cosy existence, but for a game that allows you to customise so much of your life, you might be feeling a bit miffed at some of the so-called residents that the game has decided you should have for one reason or another.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – How To Choose Your Villagers Guide

In «Animal Crossing: New Horizons,» choosing the right villagers can greatly impact your island experience. Here’s a guide to help you select your villagers:

Initial Villagers: When you first start the game, you’ll have two random villagers living on your island. Unfortunately, you can’t choose these initial villagers, but you can persuade them to leave later.

Inviting Villagers: As you progress in the game, you’ll have the opportunity to invite new villagers to live on your island. There are several ways to do this:

Campsite: Villagers will occasionally visit your island’s campsite. You can talk to them and invite them to move in if you have an available plot of land.

Mystery Island Tours: Use Nook Miles Tickets to visit mystery islands. You may encounter new villagers who are interested in moving to your island. Talk to them and invite them if you like them.

Amiibo Cards and Amiibo Figures: If you have Amiibo cards or figures of specific villagers, you can invite them to the campsite and convince them to move in by fulfilling their requests for several days.

Personality and Compatibility: Each villager in «Animal Crossing: New Horizons» has a unique personality type. Some villagers may get along better with certain personality types than others. Consider the dynamics you want on your island and choose villagers whose personalities complement each other.

Design and Theme: Think about the overall theme or aesthetic you want for your island. Choose villagers whose designs and house exteriors fit well with your island’s style.

Personal Preferences: Ultimately, the choice of villagers comes down to your personal preferences. Whether you prefer cute, sporty, elegant, or quirky villagers, select those that resonate with you and make your island feel like home.

Villager Trading: If there are specific villagers you want but haven’t encountered yet, you can try villager trading with other players. Many online communities facilitate villager trades, allowing you to acquire your dream villagers.

Letting Villagers Leave: If you have villagers you don’t like or want to replace, you can encourage them to leave by ignoring them, complaining to Isabelle about them, or hitting them with a net (though this isn’t recommended). Eventually, they’ll express a desire to move out, allowing you to invite new villagers.

Getting your new villagers to stay permanently

Once you’ve invited a new villager to move to your island in «Animal Crossing: New Horizons,» there are steps you can take to ensure they stay permanently:

Build Them a House: After inviting a villager to move in, make sure you have a vacant plot of land available for them to build their house. Tom Nook will give you the option to place a new plot of land once you’ve invited a villager from the campsite or a mystery island.

Visit Them: Once the villager’s house is built, make sure to visit them and interact with them regularly. Building a good relationship with your villagers can make them less likely to move out.

Fulfill Their Requests: Villagers may occasionally ask you for favors or items. Try to fulfill their requests whenever possible. This helps strengthen your friendship with them and makes them more likely to stay on your island.

Be Polite and Engaging: Talk to your villagers daily, send them letters, and participate in activities with them. Being polite and engaging with your villagers can increase their satisfaction with island life and decrease the likelihood of them wanting to leave.

Ignore Rumors of Departure: Sometimes villagers will mention that they’re thinking about leaving. Don’t panic immediately; this doesn’t mean they’re definitely leaving. You can try to convince them to stay by talking to them and expressing your desire for them to remain on the island.

Use Amiibo Cards: If you want a specific villager to move to your island permanently, you can use Amiibo cards or figures to invite them to the campsite. By inviting them for multiple days and completing their requests, you can eventually convince them to move in permanently.

Be Patient: Villagers may express a desire to leave from time to time, but they won’t always act on it. Sometimes they just need a little reassurance from you that they’re valued members of the community.

By following these tips and fostering positive relationships with your villagers, you can increase the likelihood that they’ll stay permanently on your island in «Animal Crossing: New Horizons.»